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July 3, 2013 at 11:30 AM

The Fourth of July

A note to the NSA

Boaters watch as fireworks explode over Lake Union on July 4, 2008. [Ross Mantle, The Seattle Times.]

Boaters watch as fireworks explode over Lake Union on July 4, 2008. [Ross Mantle, The Seattle Times.]

If you’re considering celebrating an old fashioned Fourth of July, please feel free to help yourself to this “All-American Reclamation of Independence.”

“Unless we consent, it’s none of your bee’s wax!”

Maureen O’Brien O’Reilly, Seattle

Fireworks should be banned

We have already been subjected to the booms and concussion of fireworks as early as June 29. I say, ban all fireworks.

Change the Fourth of July back to what it was in the beginning. I am sick of the firework “shows.” They are not exciting or entertaining; instead, they are plain old tired and dumb. It is a waste of public or private funds in a time where everyone does not have a job. Cut it out!

Stop feeding the frenzied search for the bigger boom. Make the Fourth into a “help others” celebration, where people pitch in to help those less fortunate. Put the fireworks factories out of business.

Marietta Alexander, Everett

Declare independence from the meat industry

Whatever happened to the good-old days, when the worst things we had to fear on the Fourth of July were traffic jams and wayward fireworks?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the threat of food poisoning by nasty E. coli and salmonella bugs increases during the summer months, likely because of improperly cooked hamburgers and hot dogs at millions of backyard barbecues. The USDA’s advice is to grill them longer and hotter. Of course, it doesn’t bother to mention that the high-temperature grilling that kills the bugs can form lots of cancer-causing compounds.

Luckily, a bunch of enterprising U.S. food manufacturers and processors have met this challenge head-on by developing a great variety of healthy, delicious and convenient veggie-burgers and soy-dogs.

These delicious plant-based foods don’t harbor nasty pathogens or cancer-causing compounds. They don’t even contain cholesterol, saturated fats, drugs, or pesticides. They are waiting for us in the frozen food section of our supermarkets.

This Fourth of July offers a great opportunity to declare our independence from the meat industry and to share wholesome veggie-burgers and soy-dogs with our family and friends.

Sal Sucher, Seattle

Comments | Topics: america, fireworks, food

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